The Student Government of Loyola University in Chicago, passed a resolution last week to participate in the BDS movement thereby divesting from Israeli companies.
According to as report in the Loyola Phoenix the Student Senate vote was a tie at first, with 15 voting for the resolution, 15 against and two absentees, but the speaker of the Senate, broke the tie with an affirmative vote.
The companies that the divestment will target are Caterpillar, United Technologies Co., Raytheon, and Valero.
The vote was held after many hours of Senate debate and an hour of public comments, according to the report.
“We view this bill as targeting a specific country and a specific group of students on campus,” Nicole Constantine, a 21-year-old student said in opposition of the bill. “I don’t wake up every morning thinking about how I can fight divestment … No one gets to tell me that my passion for Israel is wrong. It is so limiting to be pro-Israel on campus. Will I be welcome on campus if I am vocal about supporting Israel? I’m concerned,” she said.
Nadine Darwish, Student for Justice in Palestine president, said, “When St. Ignatius said, ‘Go forth and set the world on fire,’ he did not mean go forth and invest in corporations profiting from the oppression of the Palestinian people.”
After the resolution was passed, Loyola Divest stated, “This is just the beginning. It is now the responsibility of the entire student body to ensure that Loyola’s administration fulfills the demands of its students.”